A quick way to flip the switch in your brain
The pandemic has been brutal on a lot of us. We may have lost friends; we are told that we can't go out and dance anymore, and some may be waking up and ascending to a new level of consciousness, and this can be scary, confusing, different, and depressing. The Journal of the Lancet Regional Health concluded that 32.8% of adults in the united states have been experiencing depression since the start of the pandemic in 2020. Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It affects the way we feel, think, and behave and can lead to various emotional and physical problems.
You are so beautiful!
In psychoneuroimmunology, there is a healthy connection between the mind and the body. In Mind Over What Matters, my signature course, there is a power to unlock the mind to heal the body. So what do I mean by all of this? Your endocrine system works in tandem with your nervous system-known as the hypothalamic-pituitary system, to maintain a sense of homeostasis or physiological equilibrium. Quite simply put, the endocrine system produces hormones that make you happy.
Your smile lights up the room
So why are you not happy? The brain does not know the difference between actually living or thinking a story. So let me explain…..When we create an account or hold on to a situation and repeat it repeatedly in our heads. The mind believes that it is happening. In his book Breaking the Habit of Being Ourselves, Dr. Joe Dispenza writes that if you were in a car accident ten years ago and continue to think about that car accident. Your mind will flood your body with hormones that make you experience that car accident repeatedly. The reason is a powerful thing, and it only wants to help you by giving you what you are thinking about. This is where depression comes in. Suppose you are holding on to trauma or a story that hurt you in the past. And you are continually thinking about how it made you feel, and then your mind will do what it is supposed to do and send neurochemicals through your body to experience that story repeatedly.
How can I flip the switch on my brain? How can I stop cycling the stories? How can I be happy again? It's not easy, but there are some ways to trick your brain, and eventually, you can train your brain to send beneficial neurochemicals into your body and start to feel better.
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Meditation: The practice of clearing your mind. Sitting down to meditate can be challenging, but it is well worth it. Meditation has many benefits, but it is used to wipe the slate clean for this post. For example, let's say you run a story in your head that pushes chemicals that flood your body with adrenaline. Adrenaline is incredible. You feel awake, alert, and hyper-aware. You have energy and a false sense of drive. The adverse effects of adrenaline are your adrenals eventually become depleted. You exhaust your energy reserves. You become nervous and exhausted after a while. But it's like a drug. You want more. It's a double-edged sword. You are tired because you have exhausted your energy reserves, but you wouldn't be exhausted if you could get some adrenaline. Eventually, everything will bottom out, and it will take a lot of effort to build back up to normal again. Meditation will give you the space to let go of that story. Clear your mind. Slow the blood flow to the brain, stop the flood of neurochemicals associated with this story, and rewire those neurons to excrete beneficial chemicals.
Rewrite your story: We talk about this in the Mind Over What Matters Workshop. Think of a story that you keep retelling to yourself. Write it down. Now ask yourself, "Is this my story?" If not, then whose is it? Next, ask, "Is this story true?" if not, how did it end up in my reality? Once you have identified the origin, then you must rewrite it. Think about it like writing a screenplay. How can you rewrite this story in a positive? or to benefit you today? or how you would have it instead to have been. It may seem like a lie at first, but what is reality but what you believe to be true. Read your rewritten story every morning and every night for at least 21 days and see if you can trick your mind into changing your view around this trauma or memory. To go deeper into this practice, you can join one of the Mind Over What Matters workshops I offer online.
Serotonin Pops: Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that sends signals between the nerve cells. Its primary function is to stabilize your mood and feelings of happiness and well-being. It also helps the brain and nervous system cells communicate and plays a role in the digestive system and sleep cycles.
Exercise: Get yourself a stack of sticky notes and a sharpie marker. Think back to all the times in your life when someone said something to you that made you light up and smile. Or an event in which you were transported into bliss. Make it short to quickly flash by it and quickly jump back to that moment.
Write one statement or memory on each sticky note. Hang them on your mirror, by your bedside table, in your car, on your computer. When you see them throughout the day, take a moment (up to 90 seconds) to soak into that memory. Remember the feeling you had at that time. Allow your brain to send you beneficial and happy neurochemicals, making you feel happier and healthier.
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Bonus: You can make a recording on your phone of voice memos of these moments and play them back to yourself in the car, on a walk, or anytime you are feeling depressed.
You are the best of the best
I Love You
Do what makes you happy!
To all the lovers who lost love. To the ones that built walls to protect. To the ones that lost their smile. To the ones that are trying to get back on track. To the ones that have been trying to break free. This one is for you.